Aeris Williams runs for a touchdown during the first half of Mississippi State's game vs. Alabama on Saturday. AP Photo/Rogelio Solis

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State has finally made Alabama sweat a little on the football field.

Mississippi State's Aeris Williams ran for an 11-yard touchdown late in the first quarter to give a 18th-ranked Bulldogs a 7-0 lead over No. 1 Alabama.

It was the first time Mississippi State _ which plays the Tide every season _ had taken a lead against Alabama since 2008. It was the first touchdown the Bulldogs had scored against the Tide since 2014.

Mississippi State took another lead, this time 14-7, during the second quarter when Williams ran for a 5-yard TD.

Alabama had trailed just two minutes and 26 seconds all season coming into the Mississippi State game. Most of that time was in the season opener against Florida State.

Alabama and Mississippi State were tied at 14 at halftime. Alabama has won nine straight games in the series.